Writing, oh my!
Here’s a post of disparaging quotes from writers on other writers. The one below made me smile, because I thought it was admiring rather than disparaging.
15. William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway
“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”
I believe if the reader has to stop to look up a word, or stop to marvel at a clever turn of phrase you’ve lost them. You’ve broken the suspension of disbelief. My philosophy is that story is King (or Queen). I put a lot of effort into making the writing smooth, so that it slips into the head and creates story without being noticed.
The one thing I take away from all these disparaging comments writers have made about other writers is that you can’t please everyone, so you might as well write the book that you want to read.
I spent last weekend at Sydney Supanova (Yay, lots of fun. Wish I hadn’t lost my voice!). We authors were all talking about the state of the publishing industry. Huge bookstore chains closing down. Kindle millionaires. Barry Eisler turning down half a million to self publish!
Here we have an author selling a million copies of their e-books through Amazon.
And here we have Bob Mayer talking about whether to self publish or not if you are a new writer. He makes a good point about learning the craft of writing. I know I’ve spent years honing my writing skills and I still like to get feedback from my writing group as well as my editor.
This is a short post today. I’ve been really sick and had to keep working through it and my brain is fried. Feel free to chip in with comments about self publishing, where the industry is going, or your opinion on the craft of writing.